Monday, July 13, 2009

Incidents of Naxal violence in Chhattisgarh on the rise

PTI 13 July 2009, 04:08pm IST

NEW DELHI: Incidents of Left-wing extremism in Chhattisgarh have almost doubled in 2008 than in 2005, an alarming situation attributed to poor local intelligence mechanism, official sources said.

During 2005 and 2008, 1,167 people including 753 civilians and 414 security personnel have lost their lives in the state in Naxal violence.

In 2008, there was a marked increase of 620 Maoist incidents in the state which saw 385 such cases in 2005.

While in many states like Andhra Pradesh, once considered as a Maoist hot bed, Naxal incidents have come down, but Chhattisgarh continues to see a high increase every year, which officials attribute to poor local intelligence mechanism besides having a porous border with its neighbouring states.

In one of the most severe Naxal violence in Chhattisgarh on Sunday, 30 police personnel including a Superintendent of Police were killed in three separate incidents in Rajnandgaon area of the state.

According to Union Home Ministry figures, in 2005, there was a total of 385 incidents of Naxal violence which claimed the lives of 121 civilians and 47 security personnel.

In 2006, the number increased to 715 incidents during which 304 civilians and 84 security personnel were killed, whereas in 2007, there was a decrease in incidents (582), and 198 securitymen and 171 civilians lost their lives.

Last year, incidents of Naxal violence surged to 620, killing 157 civilians and 85 personnel.

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